Last week, Hurricane Sandy caused unprecedented damage to the northeast of the United States, particularly the coastal areas of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The current U.S. death toll from the superstorm is a reported over 110.
The aftermath of a hurricane can prove to be a tough time, both physically and emotionally. From loss of power to severe property damage, Sandy continues to create great challenges for many people.
With that in mind, we welcome back CYInterview regular, nationally known psychotherapist Dr. Robi Ludwig to gain her insights on the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Robi continues to be a top flight, in demand commentator by the national media. Just last week she was on NBC’s Today hour with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb.
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Dr. Ludwig believes prior to the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy, some people, perhaps, believed the storm was not going to be a big deal. Unfortunately, that proved not to be the case. Robi believes that going forward, people will be more prepared for natural disasters, having experienced Hurricane Sandy:
“I think you know for people who have kind of dealt with these kind of hyped up warnings and have survived them in the past with virtually no serious impact, there is a tendency to say to yourself and maybe it’s wishful thinking, ‘Oh, it’s gonna pass or how accurate are these weather guys.’ … Any time you experience any kind of devastation, you know you realize, oh, that can happen and it leaves a bit of trauma behind instead of the feeling of disbelief. … I think the next time or in the event that something like this happens again, I think people are really going to be that much smarter and wiser and that’s what experience does right. It basically helps you to be wiser about what you need to do in order to protect yourself and your family.”
In the hurricane’s aftermath, Dr. Ludwig agrees that having a support system of family and friends, as well as the ability to speak with others about your frustrations, can be very helpful:
“It’s always wonderful when people can rely on family members and friends to support you during challenging times and certainly I’ve spoken to many people who have relocated and they’re staying with family and they’re staying with friends and you know that’s a tremendous gift and I even noticed that New Yorkers, you know New Yorkers are not necessarily known for being terribly friendly, but there is a sense of community that happens when a group of people experience a trauma all at the same time.”
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